The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
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Friday, January 11, 2013

Gun-Buyer Background Checks Both Effective and Politically Achievable -

As lawmakers grasp for responses to the Newtown, Conn., shootings, few options may be more effective and politically achievable than tightening the network of background checks for gun purchases. The searches are widely considered to be the most reliable way to ensure that bad actors can’t obtain guns legally. And just a few tweaks to the law would ensure that everyone who buys a gun through legal channels must first be checked against a database that sorts out felons, stalkers, and drug abusers.


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